Quortus Hits Five Hundred EdgeCentrix Deployments


This month saw Quortus hit a major milestone, reaching 500 deployments worldwide of our ECX software core network technology; including our ECX Enterprise product which is the first commercially available solution aligned with the Small Cell Forum’s Release 2. The two biggest markets where we’ve seen traction are the US and Netherlands, both with over 100 deployments. In the US, the ECX range has been particularly popular as part of rapid deployment and public safety networks. By comparison, in the Netherlands – the location of our largest deployment to date – the government has taken the progressive step of making guard band spectrum available for unlicensed use, igniting a dynamic market for private cellular networks. This has enabled innovative companies like ourselves to build private networks for businesses and organisations that meet their need for the high-quality mobile coverage that is essential in ‘cutting the cord’ and moving to a mobile first approach with all the benefits that follow. Our ECX solution turns the mobile core network in to a software application, allowing core network functionality to be handled locally, creating a private network for businesses, venues and locations. Our ECX Enterprise solution can also be integrated with an enterprise’s existing comms infrastructure and IP-PBX, making employees’ mobile phones appear as local extensions that are part of the local voice network. This also enables regular PBX functionality on regular mobile handsets. The ECX product range allows private networks both big and small to be deployed, something we’re seeing borne out in the real world. No two of our deployments are the same, encompassing: large campuses, military, local government, museums, health centres, manufacturing plants...

Avanti & Quortus Achieve World First in Delivery of 4G over Satellite


Project HYDRA provides UK emergency services with secure, high-speed mobile networks Avanti Communications, BAPCO and Quortus today announced Project HYDRA[1], an innovative programme to provide 4G mobile networks to the UK’s emergency services via satellite backhaul, has successfully demonstrated Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) optimisation. Project HYDRA allows emergency services to deploy secure 4G mobile networks anywhere, allowing them access to the communication tools they need to deal with emergency situations. Project HYDRA – co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board and industry partners Avanti Communications, BAPCO and Quortus – enables 4G devices used in the field by operational teams to access the full capability of 4G, wherever the HYDRA solution is deployed. It provides a completely private network over a radius of 2km that can securely transmit data, make calls without interference and even locate disaster victims using the signal from their mobile phones. The technology delivers a secure private 4G overlay network for emergency staff, ensuring total traffic separation from the general public telecommunications network. It can be deployed as a transportable platform, providing immediate backhaul for 2G, 3G and 4G communications. Additionally, the solution can be installed as a permanent feature in areas where additional capacity is frequently required. As a world-first for 4G, HYDRA has addressed the following objectives: Tested TCP optimisation operating on end user data Full compliance with required legal intercept and billing architectures Integrates high bandwidth satellite services to become part of the Mobile Network Operator (MNO) network infrastructure, enhancing end user experience Andy Odgers, CEO of Quortus, commented: “With 4G earmarked as the network of choice for emergency services in the UK it is...

Providing First-Class Emergency Comms – no Herculean Task with HYDRA


One area where cellular has really changed – and even saved – lives is the critical communications market. Quortus is a company that understands this and develops solutions that help the emergency services do what they do best. Quortus has recently been working alongside leading satellite operator Avanti on a project co-funded by the UK government Technology Strategy Board on its HYDRA project: a plan to develop a solution capable of delivering high-speed 4G networks to first responders that utilises both our core network and satellite backhaul optimisation technology. 4G has been earmarked in the UK as the network of choice for emergency services but ubiquitous coverage across the country – for some time at least – is unlikely. HYDRA is a completely transportable network and can be rapidly deployed where an incident takes place, giving emergency services the communication tools they need to do their jobs. It provides a completely private network over a radius of 2km that can securely transmit data, make calls without interference and even locate disaster victims using the signal from their phones. HYDRA is the first solution of this type on the market and is fully compliant with emergency services communications as well as being backwards compatible to 3G and 2G. While primarily geared towards UK companies, HYDRA also has the potential to be applied to other markets and will be available from Q3/Q4 2014. If you want to see the fruits of our labours, head to BAPCO: the UK’s premier multi-agency public safety communications forum, which is taking place in Manchester on 1-2 April. Be sure to come by Avanti’s stand, number...